OK, we know. We’ve already expressed outrage at horrible Photoshop jobs on several occasions, we’ve complained about awkwardly-constructed thigh gaps and lost rib cages and just about everything in between but, listen guys, we’re not going to stop talking about these things until they stop happening – and believe me, they do keep happening. Case in point: Dress Lily’s Irregular V-Neck Sleeveless Sexy Style Cut Out Cotton Blend Women’s Dress (which is on sale for $15.53, to boot!), featuring a bad Photoshop job for the ages. I’d say they got the “irregular” part down. This model looks so stretched, it’s unreal. I’d like to think this is simply a terrible image size/resolution issue, but I think we all know it’s also intentional (and terrible) editing that’s the culprit.
Look: The model wearing this dress is already thin, that much is certain. She doesn’t need stretching! It doesn’t make the dress look any better and in fact, it makes both the dress and the woman wearing it seem cartoonish and unrealistic. There’s nothing admirable about the Stretch Armstrong-esque qualities given to her limbs, which seriously look as though they’ve been pulled like taffy. The message I get from this ad is less “buy this dress” and more “oh dear, that’s sort of hilariously awful!”
When will we stop abusing Photoshop? When will we learn that there’s a difference between erasing subtle mistakes – fixing shadows or bad lighting, smoothing the fabric on the clothing being sold and the like – and taking such desperate measures to make a model look rakishly thin and, by certain societal standards, therefore more attractive?
If this is the future of selling me clothes, I think I’ll opt out.
[H/T PS Disasters]